The ‘CM Punk’ Chants Return with the Return of Live Crowds at WrestleMania 37

Published 04/10/2021, 8:17 PM EDT


It has only been a few hours since fans returned to a WWE event, and the CM Punk chants have begun. Fans at WrestleMania 37 began chanting ‘CM Punk’, a common chant at WWE shows even seven years after he walked out. Will this problem ever cease to exist?

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Fans chant CM Punk at WrestleMania 37

CM PUNK – 25.09.2009 – WWE Smackdown et ECW Live Tour – Palais Nikaia de Nice, (Photo : Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Over the years, certain WWE stars have come up with ingenious ways to shut down the ‘CM Punk’ chants. Stephanie McMahon roasted Punk and his fans when they chanted his name at her, mocking his UFC failure.

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However, the situation is strange at the Raymond James Stadium. One can’t help but smile upon hearing live crowds for the first time since March 2020. Superstars and viewers at the arena as well as at home will benefit from this increase in aesthetic, something we’ve sorely missed during the pandemic.

It would be fair to let the fans get the CM Punk chants out of their system, instead of ruining a match on the card. Punk himself has talked about the chants post his retirement. He said, “You stop it and five years later people still talk about you? Fans still chant your name? That’s powerful to me,” Punk said. “I don’t pay attention. People seem to get upset when I say that.”

Will these chants ever stop or will the phenomenon of CM Punk hang over the WWE forever?

Is Punk done with WWE?

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk and Mark Henry battle during their WWE match at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

In 2014, CM Punk walked out of the WWE after years of injustices. He cited medical issues and personal issues with management as his reasons for walking out. Being the most popular WWE star since Stone Cold Steve Austin, the fans sorely missed Punk and chanted his name.

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WWE did not ignore his popularity and how badly fans wanted him back. However, the Straight Edge Saviour was done with professional wrestling. He tried making a career for himself in the UFC, but two embarrassing losses spelt the end of that run. In 2019, Punk shocked the world by returning to WWE programming.

Punk joined the team of WWE Backstage along with Renee Young and Booker T. He quickly attracted viewers to the new product, but his absences would lead to drops in viewership. Eventually, FOX took the show off the air, and Punk walked out of WWE once more. There’s no word on when he will return to his former home.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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